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The Reason That Urban Crime Soars

The Reason That Urban Crime Soars

One of the crime issues that seems to defy answers – and solutions – is the unusually high crime rates in our major cities – especially in the segregated minority communities.  This is not a recent phenomenon.  The relationship between concentrated poverty, oppression and crime has been a characteristic part of urban living.  The poorer the neighborhood, the higher the crime.

The greatest tragedies are obviously in conjunction with the most serious crimes – usually those offenses involving guns.  How is it possible for there to be so many heinous crimes in neighborhoods with so many good citizens?  With small businesses and well-attended churches.

Why aren’t the thousands of police officers who serve and protect in our metropolitan areas able to break up the gangs, route the drug dealers and arrest the criminal class?

The crime in our urban areas is not some social phenomenon based in the culture of the people.  It is the result of political leadership that at best does not give a damn. Or at worst, politically benefits from the oppression, with crime merely an unfortunate byproduct.

High crime rates are due to a justice system that does not mete out justice.  Crimefighting begins with the police.  For the most part, they do the best they can.  But their enthusiasm for aggressive police action is tamped down by a judiciary that serves as a revolving door for the criminals that the men and women in blue apprehend.

There are so many crimes that so-called “minor offenses” are simply ignored.  Police may make the arrests but prosecutors do not prosecute – and judges do not effectively sentence.  This not only frustrates the police, but it can discourage their own zeal in pursuing offenders.

There is a consensus among law enforcement experts that if you do not enforce low level criminal laws, big time crime will most surely ensue.  That should be obvious.

To avoid responsibility for the high rate of crime in the major urban areas, the political leadership simply ignores the problem. 

Official ambivalence and cover-ups led a group of citizens in the Wrigleyville and Boystown neighborhoods of Chicago to take action. And yes, Wrigleyville is the home of the Chicago Cubs and Boystown is the unofficial name of the official neighboring gay community.

They founded CWBChicago – the CWB standing for Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown.  They launched a website reporting service to inform the public of the true nature of the crime in their communities. This was information that the political leadership, and even the Community Action Policing (CAPS) programs that should fully inform the communities, were not revealing.

According to CWBChicago:

“We knew from city data that robberies in our neighborhood had been soaring to record highs for three consecutive years. Yet public officials and police representatives at CAPS meetings continually said that crime was going down.”

There is no better evidence of the problem of lack of candor and lack of enforcement by the politicians than even a partial list of the findings of CWBChicago. 

I will conclude this commentary with that partial list. I’ll let the readers draw their own conclusions as to why urban crime rages on.

And this list could go one into the thousands of cases in any major city.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Dan Tyree

    There’s many reasons for higher crime in our larger cities. For one, most of the cities are ran by commiecrats and in today’s times police are constantly being vilified and attacked. And yes, there’s the fact that respect for law and order isn’t taught today by schools. They are too busy teaching woke bullshit and queer culture. And there’s also the fact that many of the US cities people have very little 2nd amendment rights. That needs to change immediately!!! The commie left are twisting things around and tying the hands of police. And also the Bible teaches of worse times and lawlessness in the last days. And we are in the last days before Christ comes back and brings judgment on the earth

    • Ben

      The big problem with your theory is that the safest Cities are NOT the ones with the most police. The safest cities have a good schools, social and mental health programs, before and after school activities, recreation, healthcare, modern housing with out lead poisoning, clean drinking water.

      Not only is this true across America, but throughout the world. Perhaps we are allocating money in the wrong places and thinking about this problem in the wrong way. After all , the argument seems to be things are getting worse, if we keep doing the same things trying to solve the problems that are already in place while things are getting worse, are we not destined to keep getting worse?

      • Dan Tyree

        Ben many cities have good schools ect. And health care. But some people are just born troublemakers and should be weeded out. If people want good lives and housing they should start preparing early in life. As for education, what’s wrong with vocational training for mechanical trades? I’ve spent several years in the HVAC industry. The wages and benefits have been great. And I’ve trained on guitar and fiddle for something to fall back on. I can even read music. We can’t all be rich but we can plan our lives and make it in life.

        • Ben

          I never said anything about college, I said education. There is nothing wrong with learning a skilled trade. In fact, I believe the push towards everyone being college ready out of highschool is a great misuse of time and resources. It also is proven to increase drop out rates. I would have been much better off in high school if I would have taken vocational classes as opposed to college bound classes when I knew I wasn’t college material.

          That being said,” if you want good housing, they should prepare early”? What does that mean? How early? Like selecting good parents? Or getting into a good preschool?

          We spend billions on the justice system, which by the authors own admission, is ineffective. Perhaps it’s time to reevaluate the allocation of this money.

  2. Lee Bare

    Democrats in control yields crime, desperation and lawlessness.

  3. Ratwrangler

    Since communities left and right are discussing the idea of defunding the police, perhaps they should take all the money they save, purchase or acquire handguns in bulk lots, and then distribute them, with training, to everyone legally allowed to own one within the defunded communities. While background checks should be performed to confirm that the recipients of the weapons are legally allowed to possess them, the guns themselves should not be registered in any government document that can be accessed by anyone other than the BATF. If you then allow everyone legally possessing a handgun to carry open or concealed without additional licensing, a defunded neighborhood may have less crime simply because the criminal element would know that everyone in that area could be armed at any time.
    If you then add mandatory sentencing for possession of illegal firearms, you could remove more of the criminal element from these armed neighborhoods, and the children would be safer.

    • Ben

      Larry argues that crime is worse now than previously. By your logic, since there are more guns in America than ever before, it should be much more safe now.
      How do you reconcile this discrepancy ?

      • Dan Tyree

        Ben the guns used in the many murders are usually possessed by people who can’t legally own guns. The overwhelming majority of gun owners don’t go around shooting people. I’ve carried for most of my adult life and haven’t shot anyone yet. But I once stopped an attack on me by showing my weapon. And the hood rats abandoned the idea of felony assault

        • Ben

          Congratulations, you almost made it through an entire post with out saying anything bigoted.
          So close

          • Dan Tyree

            What did I say that was racist? Ben take your race card and shove it up your ass

  4. R. Hamilton

    “The crime in our urban areas is not some social phenomenon based in the culture of the people” – in part, and not to label everyone in such areas, it is. Absentee fathers, non-parenting parents, and the attitude among many of the young that learning or being productive is submissive, are far too commonplace; and neither poverty nor oppression alone account for those, although together with high population density, those factors may make such self-destructive conduct more likely. There are lots of rural poor that don’t turn criminal; and lots of people that start with nothing and by lawful means improve their circumstances. It’s unfortunately harder for some than others, but it IS possible, if one doesn’t give in to the pressure to either join the gang or look the other way.

  5. CMWRF

    This article did NOT even touch the REAL reason for increased crime-severe lack of morality. Children are being raised by parents and guardians that do NOT instill Godly principles, and the kids grow up being raised by modern technology, which is EXTREMELY UNmoral, violent, and anti-authority. Kids are then sent to public schools where they are further indoctrinated. Drugs are being glorified, and media is encouraging this Satanic behavior..

    • Ben

      Your theory doesn’t hold water, it is simplistic and not based in reality.
      Some of the safest countries in the world are the least religious.

      According to the poll, Japan is the second least-religious nation, with just 13% of residents …
      Religion not Important in Daily Life
      Important in Daily Life



      All EXTREMELY SAFE Countries. Safety obviously has nothing to do with religion

  6. John

    Urban crime flourishes because of government policies that encourage women to have children out of wedlock. 80% of all violent criminals in our federal penitentiaries are the children of single welfare mothers.

    In the past villages would stone unwed mothers to death to avoid the problems of bastard children raised without a male role model to discipline them. So clearly they recognized the problem of young boys being raised without fathers. Now our government encourages this so they can grow their voter base of people hopelessly dependent on the government.

    • Ben

      Single mother households are an huge issue.

      A free nation wide birth control program such as Nexplanon or IUD that would give protection against pregnancy for 5 yrs would be beneficial on so many levels! Young woman would be able to get an education without having to try raising a child they aren’t ready to raise, it would lower children born into poverty, it would save Nation a TON of money, AND virtually eliminate abortion!
      There are so many benefits to a program like this, and it can be accomplished without stoning young women. I think ObamaCare was on the path to such a program.
      You may be on to something for sure!

  7. John J

    Liberals are the cause of ALL of our problems; if they were gone, America would be great again

  8. Ben

    Larry, just a few weeks ago you proclaimed that a grand jury could be convened that would lead to unwarranted charges against even the most powerful of men. This week you claim that the justice system isn’t doing enough. Which is it Larry?

    There are a lot of posts regarding your article that throw a lot of blame around, liberals, blacks, unwed mothers ( will will reply to each poster individually at a later time) ..but none that discuss one of the biggest culprits.
    The war on drugs. Nixon purposely started the war on drugs to disrupt the left and minority communities. 60 years of bad policy enacted by republicans has led to the trap today. Don’t believe me? Here is a quote from a Nixon advisor:

    “ You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
    There ‘ tis